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Alison’s Choice – EPK from Marchiano Ministries on Vimeo.

Although this movie has a strong Christian influence, the director – Bruce Marchiano – says that secular distributors are the ones who are interested in getting Alison’s Choice out. In fact, one of the distributors usually markets horror films. Marchiano exclaims: “Just imagine, a pro-life film championed by a guy who sells horror movies. It’s hilarious!”

The feature-length film centers around Alison, who is inside an abortion clinic. She’s already made her decision, but then, Jesus – in the form of a janitor – comes to talk to her.

It’s amazing, it’s powerful, and it’s different than you might expect.

For information on how to purchase the film (which is available on DVD) and how to request it in your own theatre, go here. You can also go to the same article to read some amazing stories of hearts changed and lives saved ALREADY by Alison’s Choice.

 

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This was first published at Live Action News on March 26, 2014, and is reprinted with permission.

As another election cycle begins in earnest, some pro-life candidates are playing political games.

One common argument making the rounds is that campaigns are not “focused on social issues.” The all-important economy is the focus.

Where do a focus on the economy and a neglect of vital social issues get us? In the past, they’ve gotten us slavery and discrimination. They gave Germany the Holocaust. When moral people focus on the economy and put their blinders on for social issues, do we think our opposition ignores the social issues?

No. That’s why slavery continued and the Holocaust began. The opposition doesn’t let up. They don’t ignore social issues for the sake of the economy. They claim that their side of the social issues is imperative to the success of the economy. They use pro-lifers’ social-issue blindness to advance their own cause. They don’t hold up a white flag and say, “Sure, let’s all just forget about abortion for awhile.” Instead, they laugh at our folly and floor the gas pedal on their own advance.

Kinda, maybe, sorta pro-life candidates are emerging where true leaders once stood. Instead of finding a concise, courageous way to explain their convictions, they deny they ever had them.

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As we approach Christmas and the celebration of the birth of our Savior, I’d like to point you to an incredibly touching article.  It was written by the father of a little girl with Down’s Syndrome.  As this father writes, his precious daughter “belongs to a group of unborn children who are indentified, targeted and eliminated prenatally at a rate of 90+%.”

Most of us probably know at least one person with Down’s Syndrome.  There is absolutely no reason in the world why they should be targeted for death.  They are precious, precious people, who have an amazing capacity to give love.

What does it say about our society that 90+% of people who are about to have a baby with Down’s Syndrome abort that baby?  We can only keep “perfect” babies?  And what is the definition of perfect, exactly?  Clearly, we have our definitions wrong.

As this father poignantly points out, the very first person to recognize Jesus was an unborn child.  Here is what he says: “Elizabeth was carrying her unborn child John the Baptist when Mary who was pregnant with Jesus visited her. Unborn John immediately leaped in Elizabeth’s womb upon hearing Mary’s voice. The unborn son of Elizabeth recognized the unborn baby Jesus in Mary’s womb, and he was so very excited and overcome with joy that he jumped in Elizabeth’s womb! This is an absolute incredible documentation of an event by the gospel writer and physician Luke who was known for his attention to detail. The first person to truly recognize and celebrate…the One who would wash away our sins and lead us to our permanent home in heaven was an unborn child — what eternal wisdom! John was clearly thinking and understanding the magnitude of the situation when he recognized Jesus, and as an unborn child he could not control himself.”

To finish the article…and I hope you do…go here:  http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kondrich/101222.

In the meantime, let’s remember to celebrate ALL life, for every SINGLE life is truly a precious and PERFECT gift.

Baby toesThis morning, I read an excellent article about the effects of abortion on women, men, and other family members.  The author is correct when she recognizes that abortion has a ripple effect.  Not only does it end the life of an innocent human being; it also does major damage to the lives and relationships of many others…the mother, sometimes the father, a friend who encouraged the abortion, parents who were “almost-grandparents”, siblings who lost a brother or sister…the list goes on, as Jane Brennan points out.

I’d encourage you to read her poignant article, sharing her personal experience here:  http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/women/understanding-the-post-abortive-woman-11568765.html

Here is an excerpt of what Jane shares:  “The pain of abortion is a pain many women continue to suffer in isolation or silence. I recently compiled a book of women who have chosen abortion, and in their stories I see the same sorrow, pain, agony and guilt I felt that so often gets unreported amid the jumble of political rhetoric focused on rights. In one story, Marie shares: The despair deepened and turned quickly to depression. I remember sitting in the bathroom during a break at my summer job, seriously considering suicide. I could just take one of these box-cutters from the back room-end it all. Right here. Right now. “

Jane gives hope for healing to women who have already chosen abortion.  And to those who are on the brink of making their choice, she has some thoughts that cannot go unread.  For example:

“Today’s world is all about comfort, it’s all about “me.” Our society has convinced us of the “inconveniences” of life and that we need not endure them. Yet, I and so many others have learned that “inconvenience” builds character and makes us stronger. In fact, these “inconveniences” can even be better for us than the alternative.”

I agree wholeheartedly with Jane that we suffer from a culture of convenience.  Because we are often so busy looking at what we want in the here and now, we forget to have faith for the unseen blessings ahead.  Since we cannot see our unborn child, we choose to believe they must not be a real person.  The women who accidentally see the arms, legs, and heads of their aborted children after abortion are usually devasted for life.  Choosing convenience is weak.  Choosing to break out of our circumstances, even when it seems that we can’t, is a strong choice.  Strong women are built by hard choices that care for others.  Once we are pregnant, we have a duty to care for the small life developing under our heart.  Choosing life may be hard, but it is the best choice for everyone involved…

Here are resources to help women who have already had an abortion and for those who are pregnant and looking for help:

Post-Abortive Women:

Women Needing Help to Continue Their Pregnancies:

Note:  Some of these sites/resources claim that abortion or emergency contraceptives (chemical abortions) are options for women.  I disagree.  It should never be an option for us to intentionally kill an innocent little person.  However, these sites will point you to good resources and help in keeping your baby or choosing adoption.

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MOM and BABY (istolethetv via Flickr)

Ok, I promised that my next post would include information about the Mirena IUD. Most of us already know that the IUD likely causes abortions before the mother is even aware that she’s pregnant.  But there’s been some talk that the Mirena IUD is different, so I studied it out.  Here’s the results I came up with:

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English: Mirena IntraUterine System Deutsch: Mirena Hormonspirale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1)     Causes Harm/Side Effects for Many Women  Did you know about the possible lawsuit against the company who makes Mirena because of all the bad side effects, specifically in younger women?  Also, the FDA themselves actually put out a warning letter to the company…and we know that the FDA rarely does anything!  http://www.aboutlawsuits.com/mirena-iud-13909/

2)     Stops Implantation:  http://www.contracept.org/iud-mirena.php  This site (and several others I found) say that Mirena may stop ovulation in some women, but it does not in most.  It also says that one way Mirena works is to stop a baby from implanting if a woman does get pregnant (even though, of course, some people do stay pregnant, but that is apparently rare).  Of course, if implantation is stopped, the baby dies.

3)     Risks Danger and Possible Death to Women and Babies:  http://www.drugs.com/pro/mirena.html  You have to scroll down a ways on this one, but under the warnings and precautions, it talks about how up to half of women
who get pregnant on Mirena have an ectopic pregnancy (and other random, weird things that can happen).  There is always the risk of death for the woman (and of course the baby) with an ectopic pregnancy.  I know the FDA warned the company that makes Mirena that they are not being up front enough with people about all the risks and side effects that Mirena can have/has had with some women.  Pretty scary stuff if you ask me!

4)  IUD Must Be Removed:  If you do have a Mirena and get pregnant, you are warned to get it removed as soon as possible.  Otherwise, it has the potential of causing death in you or the baby.  Death to the baby, specifically, is still a risk with the process of having the IUD removed. Not a good thing, either way you look at it.

5)  Doctors Don’t Always Reveal the Full Truth:  From my own personal experience, I know there are even pro-life doctors who have no problem recommending birth control that actually does stop a baby from implanting and living. You would think they would only prescribe stuff that prevents fertilization, but this is often not true, unfortunately. All too often, to get the full facts, you need to do your own research and go to the manufacturer’s site. I’ve never personally seen a manufacturer’s site that doesn’t disclose whether the birth control prevents implantation or poses dangers to women. (Though I wouldn’t doubt if there are some out there! For example, I know the FDA railed on Bayer for not fully revealing Mirena’s dangers to women.)

Summary:  Why use a “birth control” method that is likely to cause death for a baby/babies you never knew about?  Why use a device that hugely increases your odds of suffering an ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage if you have it removed during pregnancy?  Why choose a “contraceptive” that is manufactured by a company that even the FDA calls misleading?  Why use the Mirena IUD if you are risking your own health and life in the process, along with your baby’s?

Follow the link below to a helpful graphic that illustrates some of the dangers of Mirena:

Learn more about this information here!

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40 Days for Life’s blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites!  (http://40daysforlife.com/blog)  If you want to be encouraged in your work to save innocent lives, head over there.  You’ll also find amazing facts and real truth.  But there is one story you absolutely MUST read:  http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=2350This story tells of three babies, all saved on one day, at one clinic in part because an ultrasound technician just “happened” to show up.  It has the fingerprints of God and the gentle breeze of miracles all over it.  You will probably cry when you read it because it’s that beautiful…

If you’ve never been involved with 40 Days for Life, please check them out!  They have an amazing ministry, praying and peacefully counseling outside of abortion clincs.  Thousands of babies have been saved through their work!  It is incredibly easy to get involved.  Go to http://40daysforlife.com and sign up!  It’s not too late, they’re only on Day 17 this time around.  And already, 174 babies have been saved…

In Other News

Loss for Students for Life of America is Heaven’s Gain

Students for Life of America lost a hero in Kortney Blythe Gordon and her unborn baby, Sophy, when they were killed in a head-on collision earlier this month.  They were driving back from a pro-life training in Georgia.  We mourn their loss, but know the angels in Heaven are rejoicing.  I had the awesome privilege of meeting Kortney, and I just pray that we all may have that much life and enthusiasm in us as we fight for the babies.  Pray for her new husband, Ben, and also for Jon Scharfenberger who is still in critical condition.  Pray that Jesus touches him…

Unbelievable:  Suspension Recommended for Phil Kline

http://www.jillstanek.com/2011/10/travesty-panel-recommends-suspension-of-phill-klines-law-license/.  Phil Kline, a heroic pro-life attorney, who spearheaded investigations into Planned Parenthood as Kansas’ attorney general is now under attack.  This is what he says:

The  ethics process is being used to punish political opponents.  Even so, the  dominant tragedy in this saga is that through my investigation it was learned  hundreds of children were sexually abused in Kansas, and Kansas has still done  nothing.  Nothing in the panel’s 185 page opinion can alter that  truth.  I upheld my duty, upheld my oath of office and the integrity  of my profession.  My “mistake” was my willingness to investigate politically  powerful people and to let that investigation go where the evidence led.  It is  a decision, however, I would repeat and I will continue to speak and stand for  the truth and for those who cannot speak for themselves.  May we all be willing to repeat such “mistakes.”

President Obama Changes His Mind

Remember how Obama promised that ObamaCare would not fund abortions?  Remember how he convinced pro-life Democrat legislators to pass his plan based on this promise?  Remember how many were saying that his executive order really didn’t mean anything?  Well, that’s right. 

Despite Obama’s earlier assurances, here’s what’s said now about a bill the House to trying to pass to ensure that no federal funds will go to abortion under ObamaCare:  “H.R. 358 goes well beyond the safeguards found in current law and reinforced in the President’s Executive Order by restricting women’s private insurance choices. If the President is presented with H.R. 358, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

Right, so that’s what we should have known all along…Obama wants to make abortion federally funded in any way possible.  Read the details here:  http://www.lifenews.com/2011/10/12/obama-threatens-to-veto-bill-for-no-abortion-in-obamacare/.

Looking Back:  Be sure to read my post “Saving the Babies of Juarez” to find out how you can help babies in Mexico that are dying before the age of 6 months because of no food.

Looking Ahead:  My next post will discuss specifics about why the Mirena IUD is not safe for women and how it is an abortifacient.  Learn what to say to your friends!

Ok, it’s time to take action…

Did you know that just ten hours from the Denver Metro area, up to 25% of babies are dying before they reach six months of age?  And no, this death rate has nothing to do with abortion.  It has everything to do with malnutrition and lack of food.  And you can do something about it!

I just found out from “Babies of Juarez” that, in Juarez, Mexico, many babies wear the same diaper for four days or longer.  The familes are too poor to afford new diapers, and there’s not enough water to make cloth diapers an option.  According to the flyer I read,

A mom will go to the store with enough money for one diaper.  The diapers are used and reused until they can no longer hold anything more, and the mom will go back to the store with just enough money to buy a new one.  Our team in the clinic saw babies with horrible sores on their bottoms and the parents with no means to help them.

The even greater tragedy is that the babies are dying due to lack of food.  Many mothers in the area–specifically in Kilometer 30, an area of Juarez–are too malnourished themselves to breastfeed, and their milk dries up all too quickly.

Up to twenty-five percent of the babies in Kilometer 30 don’t live longer than six months.  It’s extremely common for parents to not name their babies until after six months because of the terribly high infant mortality rate.  Formula is literally life itself to these people.

Reading this breaks my heart.  I’m sure it breaks yours.  But there is something we can do to help save these babies!  Go to www.babiesofjuarez.org and click on the “Get Involved” tab.

  • You can collect diapers and formula and have them picked up at your house or you can drop them off at one of the organization’s hubs.
  • You can make a tax deductible donation…and 100% of your money goes to buy diapers and formula.
  • You can organize a diaper and formula drive at your business, club, school, church, VBS, neighborhood, kids’ consignment sale, AWANA group, or for your own missions trip.
  • And of course, you can spread the word!
  • Please spend some time looking around the website to find ideas of what you can do.  For example, one mom wrote saying that her two children, ages 5 and 8, were going to pass flyers around their neighborhood and ask people for donations.  I know that you can often find new diapers at thrift stores or formula (or formula coupons) on Craigslist.  You could always email the people on Craigslist and see if they are willing to donate their formula to the cause.  If you have more ideas, post them in a comment below!

How does Babies of Juarez work?  Here is a little clip from the website:

I thought it might be helpful to give a quick rundown of how the ministry works. It’s delightfully simple and effective. People like you donate supplies or money to purchase supplies. There’s a hub in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and one in Gilbert, Arizona, has recently been added. We collect and store the diapers and formula. When a team is going to the colonias for a house-building project through Missions Ministries, the supplies are loaded and sent with that team. Missions Ministries distributes the supplies to the five local pastors in their area of service down in the colonias outside Juarez. The five pastors then distribute to the families under their care. Over the years we’ve seen pastors come the very night we arrive, late in the evening, because they knew of a hungry baby who desperately needed food. It’s a life I can only imagine. And overwhelming to say the least. Since this project started in 2007 we’ve sent 23 big loads to Juarez (see babiesofjuarez.org for pictures) and as a result the infant mortality rate has dropped significantly. It’s been my life-changing privilege to gather supplies from all of you these past few years. Thank you.

You can also email or call Quinn Anderson for more info at 303-668-8221 or quincyjoyanderson@gmail.com.

Together, let’s work to save these babies!!!

2012 Republican Presidential Candidates
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Political season is about to be in full swing once again.  It’s just around the corner.  With all the recent debates, straw poll, and announcements of new candidates entering the GOP presidential race, we’ve only seen the beginning of the political news that will soon bombard us.  And every time political season comes around again, I wonder how important life will be…

Yes, we have incredible problems facing our economy.  Yes, we have international issues to resolve.  Yes, government spending is out of control.  I’ll never deny that we have more issues that abortion to solve in America.  But, if the candidate we choose cannot take a simple stand for innocent life, how can we trust him or her to make the best decisions on behalf of those of us who are already living, walking, and breathing outside our mothers’ wombs?

That question reminds me of a statement made by a pro-choice lady I once debated.  She said that the standard for determining whether or not a human is a person is whether they are living, walking, and breathing.  Yep, you heard that right.  Think about that one and its implications for awhile.  I think if that was the standard, I’d be VERY afraid of ever being in a wheelchair or on a ventilator…  Anyway, that was a rabbit trail (but do think about it).  Back to current politics.

How important is life?  Well, here’s what a couple candidates think.

Michele Bachmann (winner of the Iowa Straw Poll)–In the recent Iowa debate, in explaining a compromise she made on an economic bill (that included a provision about abortion), she explained her compromise on money issues by stating, “You can get money wrong, but you can’t get life wrong.”  http://minnesotaindependent.com/86150/bachmann-and-pawlenty-trade-barbs-in-feisty-iowa-debate.  Kudos to her.

Rick Santorum–In the same debate, Sen. Santorum gave one of the best-thought-out responses I’ve ever heard for why a baby who was conceived in rape should not be aborted.  Here’s an excerpt from the LifeSiteNews article, which is well worth the read:

One moderator, Fox News host Byron York, asked Santorum: “Polls have shown that large majorities of Americans support some exceptions for abortion. Are your views too much, even for many conservatives to support?”

“You know, the Supreme Court of the United States in a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, would not be subjected to the death penalty, yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be,” replied the former senator.

“That sounds to me like a country that doesn’t have its morals correct. That child did nothing wrong,” he said to cheers and applause. “That child is an innocent victim.”

“We in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations who have been traumatized already. To put them through another trauma of an abortion is enough,” he concluded. “And so I would absolutely stand and say, one violence is enough.”  http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/one-violence-is-enough-santorum-cheered-for-defending-children-of-rape-from.

One violence really is enough.  Why do we insist on perpetuating it and letting the violence continue on, spreading to more innocent lives?

Ok, now this is a good position to take!  This is what we need to hear our politicans say.  Notice how she specifically states that government cannot take away the right to life.  This is certainly more extensive of a statement from a national politician than I’ve heard in a LOOOONG time!

I am 100 percent pro-life.I’ve given birth to five babies, and I’ve taken 23 foster children into my home. I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death. I believe in the sanctity of human life…

And I think the most eloquent words ever written were those in our Declaration of Independence that said it’s a creator who endowed us with inalienable rights given to us from God, not from government. And the beauty of that is that government cannot take those rights away. Only God can give, and only God can take…

And the first of those rights is life. And I stand for that right. I stand for the right to life. The very few cases that deal with those exceptions are the very tiniest of fraction of cases, and yet they get all the attention. Where all of the firepower is and where the real battle is, is on the general — genuine issue of taking an innocent human life. I stand for life from conception until natural death.

~ Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minnesota) stating her pro-life position during the GOP 2012 debate hosted by CNN, as quoted by LifeNews, June 14

Kudos to Live Action…once AGAIN…for coming up with an excellent, new pro-life graphic!  by Live Action

You can post this picture as your Facebook profile pic by going to this link:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/liveactionfilms/sets/72157626775602673/detail/.  I would assume you could pass it on to people online in other ways, too, but you may want to check with Live Action first.  Go to this link anyway to see more incredibly awesome and effective pro-life graphics! 

Do you have any ideas for a pro-life graphic…picture and words???

While we’re talking about Live Action, go here:  http://liveaction.org/blog/how-should-candidates-explain-opposition-to-abortion/ to read David Daleiden’s post “How Should Candidates Express Opposition to Abortion?”  This is particularly appropriate after Monday’s GOP debate with the presidential candidates.  I’d have to agree with David here…several of the candidates (namely Bachmann, Santorum, Pawlenty, and maybe more) likely are definite pro-lifers.  However, the same old language doesn’t do as much as creative, new language that really hits to the heart of the matter.  What would you like to hear pro-life candidates say about abortion??